Penguins' Stanley Cup Dreams Started With Red Kelly

Penguins' Stanley Cup Dreams Started With Red Kelly

July 9th, 2019 The name Leonard “Red” Kelly is well-known around the Toronto area for multiple reasons: a four-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the team’s former coach, as well as being a Member of Parliament for the riding of York West. His name is not as common around...
Penguins’ Sullivan’s Elite Coaching Reaps Rewards

Penguins’ Sullivan’s Elite Coaching Reaps Rewards

July 8th, 2019 The Pittsburgh Penguins last four seasons have been nothing short of exciting: four playoff runs, two Stanley Cup championships, two victory parades, and 189 wins, 174 of which came under the direction of head coach Mike Sullivan. On July 5, the organization signed Sullivan to a four-year...

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July 1st, 2019
Penguins Transactions

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed winger Brandon Tanev to a six-year deal with an average annual value of $3.5 million. Tanev played his entire career with the Winnipeg Jets before joining the Penguins. https://twitter.com/penguins/status/1145727844896661505 Who is Tanev? Throughout his career, the 27-year-old Tanev has been a bottom-six forward in the Jets lineup. In 195 games across four seasons, he has totals of 24 goals and 51 points while averaging 12:44 of ice time per game. The 2018-19 campaign was a career season for him, posting career highs of 14 goals and 29 points while skating a career-best 14:07 per game. He's also been safe with the puck, with at least an even turnover margin in each of his four seasons. All are strong numbers for the former undrafted free agent whom the Jets signed in March 2016. Penguins Add Depth Forward Since their 2018-19 season ended, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has been doing everything he can to create cap...
July 1st, 2019
Pittsburgh Penguins

After trading Phil Kessel to the Arizona Coyotes, the Pittsburgh Penguins will have some extra cap space to utilize this offseason. The team acquired Alex Galchenyuk in return but will need more to make up for the loss of Kessel's elite offensive production. Pittsburgh will likely prioritize re-signing its restricted free agents -- Teddy Blueger, Zach Aston-Reese, and Marcus Pettersson -- before looking to the open market. With roughly $5 million to work with right now, the Penguins will be limited to small moves. Who are some low-key free agents that could fit in with the team? Ryan Hartman - Dallas Stars Ryan Hartman never actually played for the Dallas Stars; the team acquired him a week ago in order to dump Tyler Pitlick's contract to the Philadelphia Flyers. The 24-year-old has played for three different NHL teams since the start of the 2016-17 campaign and will likely find another new franchise to suit up for next season. He's a solid source of depth scoring, notching...
July 1st, 2019
Penguins Transactions

After an offseason full of trade rumors, the Pittsburgh Penguins finally broke ties with superstar winger Phil Kessel, sending him out west to join the Arizona Coyotes. Coming back to Pittsburgh will be forward Alex Galchenyuk and defensive prospect Pierre-Olivier Joseph. https://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/1145117118335201280 Looking at the short-term effects, the Penguins' offense is obviously not as dangerous without Kessel in the lineup. Over the last two seasons, the 31-year-old totaled 61 goals and 174 points, tying Aleksander Barkov for the 13th-highest point total in the league during that span. In the same sample size, Galchenyuk scored just 92 points, tied for 127th in the NHL. No one is expecting Galchenyuk to replace Kessel. However, his presence does have its benefits. The 25-year-old will add a bit more youth to the Penguins lineup and also give the team some flexibility both on and off the ice. Penguins Add Versatility to Lineup Kessel was...
June 30th, 2019
Penguins Prospects

It’s been five years since the Pittsburgh Penguins had a chance to make a first-round pick in the NHL Entry Draft, the last being current Toronto Maple Leafs winger Kasperi Kapanen in 2014. Maple Leafs right wing Kasperi Kapanen was the Penguins' last first-round pick in 2014. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports) While it’s not likely we’ll see the 2019 21st-overall pick, 18-year-old forward Samuel Poulin, on the Penguins starting roster for a few years, here are five fast facts to know about him both on and off the ice. Poulin Plans to Play in the NHL at Age 18 According to an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Matt Vensel, Poulin himself feels that he’s probably three years away from playing in the NHL, and the analysts agree. Only a handful of prospects in each draft class make an NHL team within a year of selection. However, just because Poulin knows the odds doesn’t mean he won’t try to beat them. He told Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Chris...
June 30th, 2019
Penguins Transactions

It finally happened. After what has seemed like months of speculation regarding a potential trade between the Arizona Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins, with Phil Kessel being the centerpiece of the deal, the swap finally happened late on Saturday afternoon, with the news breaking at around 4:30 P.M. local time in the Valley of the Sun. Phil Kessel has instantly become Arizona's most dangerous offensive player. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) Also included in the deal is Pittsburgh's 2021 fourth-round pick, along with ECHLer Dane Birks. Heading to the Penguins in the trade are center/left-winger Alex Galchenyuk, along with left-handed defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph, who was the team's first-round pick in 2017. The Financial Implications While it remains to be seen which side will win the trade when it comes to the on-ice results, the financial implications of the trade are immediately clear - no salary was retained by either side, meaning Galchenyuk's entire $4.9...
June 29th, 2019
Pittsburgh Penguins

Phil Kessel has been traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Arizona Coyotes. Details of the trade are that the Penguins will receive forward Alex Galchenyuk, and defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph in exchange for Kessel, defenseman Dane Birks and a fourth-round pick. No salary was retained in the deal. https://twitter.com/SportsCentre/status/1145118025689030657 As was noted in TSN's report of the trade, Kessel spent the past four seasons with the Penguins after being traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He joined the Pens along with Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixon and a conditional second-round pick in exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling and conditional first and third-round picks. At the time of the trade, Toronto also retained $1.2 million of Kessel’s salary for the remaining seven seasons of his contract. Related: NHL Rumors: Flames, Penguins, Maple Leafs, More The Kessel Trade That Didn't Happen The trade that was supposed to happen then...

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The Penguins have been supremely fortunate to offer their fans two of the game's all-time legends in Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby. But it takes more than a single superstar to win Cups, they need other greats to support them. These players as well as some of the legends in the team's storied... January 6th, 2019

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